Mile 102

Coquille River, South Jetty, Lighthouse
Coos County

Latitude: 43.122720018521
Longitude: -124.428360053470
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104), southerly to north of China Creek (43° 04.3938', Mile 98), except as follows: Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of the Coquille River between (43° 07.3566', Mile 102) and (43° 07.3398', Mile 102).
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Coquille River, South Jetty, Lighthouse
Mile 102 Reports (111)

2018

September 23, 2018 - beachnut

Jellies of platter and plate size, as well as many smallers ones, are scattered along the southern stretch of Mile 102 between 8th St. stairs and the big rocks clustered below the Madison Ave. beach access. I stopped counting at 100. There were many more. Also saw a few on...read more

September 11, 2018 - beachnut

Both halves of this mile were mostly the same: no litter, live gulls, not-so-live kelp, bull kelp, jellies, Dungeness crabs, mussels, shell fragments, stones, gravel beds, wood pieces, some driftwood, a sea palm or two. The main difference on the northern half was absence of  crows and presence of sanderling-type...read more

June 17, 2018 - beachnut

The bloated Steller sea lion just south of Bandon's South Jetty is gone, presumably taken by the tides. There were no signs of heavy equipment in the sand where it had rested..read more

June 12, 2018 - beachnut

A massive Steller sea lion washed up on the night high tide several yards from the South Jetty.  It was a male and quite dead. It showed no obvious injuries, but it was beginning to stink. Barnacle-like critters were scattered on its back. Stranding report and photos have been filed...read more

  • Sea Lion
May 12, 2018 - beachnut

Fog shrouded the beach on the northern segment of Mile 102 at 5:30 a.m. close to low tide of 0.8 feet. A north wind was of moderate strength. Wildlife was not so apparent until the return walk. By then the fog had lifted. Groups of wimbrels and sanderling-size birds foraged...read more

May 11, 2018 - beachnut

No one else was out at 5:30 on an overcast, slightly windy morning heading south from the South Jetty. The tide was 1.6 feet and the temperature 50. Wildlife was not particularly evident--just a few gulls and crows. The driftline consisted of small rocks, shell fragments, Velella velella (both blue...read more

2016

November 19, 2016 - beachnut

In many years of walking this stretch of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River, I've never encountered so many Black oystercatchers gathered in one spot as they were today just west of the 8th St. stairway: 15 apparent adults in the wet sand. There also were vocal groups further...read more

September 26, 2016 - beachnut

The half mile north of the Coquille River was not occupied by anything other than gulls and sanderlings at about 7:30 a.m. on a clear, 52-degree morning with mild northerly wind. Tire tracks were notable to or from the Lighthouse, and the usual sign at the access was lying in...read more

May 14, 2016 - beachnut

A seal pup hauled out at high tide on the southern segment of Mile 102 at the base of the first rocks on the South Jetty stretch. It was about 5:45 a.m. so there was no one around to hassle the little critter. This could be the one I spotted...read more

  • A seal pup shelters next to a large rock on the southern segment of Mile 102.
February 9, 2016 - beachnut

Sunrise on the northern half of Mile 102 was magnificent at around 7 a.m. close to low tide of 2 feet. Only some gulls near the jetty were also there to appreciate the view. Profuse logs and wave erosion were obvious. Some shell fragments and small rocks marked the tide...read more

  • Sunrise over Bandon is glorious as seen looking south from the beach to the north of the Coquille River.
  • Chunks of driftwood litter the beach below wave-eroded dunes along the northern segment of Mile 102.
January 1, 2016 - beachnut

Everyone decided to hit the beach north of the Coquille River jetty on a sunny, calm New Year's Day about 1 p.m. At least 24 people were walking or playing in the sand; only a few parking spots in the designated area and 18 vehicles. The tide was coming in...read more

  • Storm and King Tides leave significant erosion of the vegetated dunes.

2015

December 27, 2015 - beachnut

Big news on the southern stretch has been vicious westerly storm tides followed by king tides. As a result, much of the vegetated dune has been eaten away. What is left is maybe a 7-foot drop-off. Logs and lots of litter, mostly plastic pieces and bottles but also some Styrofoam....read more

  • A whole tree rests on the beach that has been severely eroded by fierce storm waves and king tides.
August 26, 2015 - beachnut
The northern segment was fairly uneventful at 6 a.m. on a cloudy, windless morning around 60 degrees. Gulls, a scattering of sanderlings and scads of small sand-hopping insects were out and about. Kelp, some driftwood, shell fragments and gravel marked the tide lines. No people, litter or dead critters here.The...read more
August 15, 2015 - beachnut

A harbor seal without a face or any other soft tissue on its head is lying between the first rock cluster opposite Madison Ave. and its path to the beach. No apparent injuries otherwise. It came in on the high tide 08/14 but I didn't get a photo until the...read more

July 13, 2015 - beachnut
The southern stretch of the mile had an astounding number of people at 5:30 a.m.--4 taking photos, joined later by 8 others. Two regular beach walkers also were out. Gulls and black oystercatchers were the wild component. Driftline was composed of kelp, small stones, shell fragments and pieces of wood...read more
June 14, 2015 - beachnut
A bald eagle in the wet sand on the northern half of Mile 102 was an unusual sight this cloudy, cool and moderately windy morning at 5:30 a.m. Usually it's only gulls and crows to report. The eagle and the sand blown over much of the piles of driftwood brought...read more
May 18, 2015 - beachnut
The beach at 5:30 a.m. was quiet, calm and mostly without life forms of any sort. Some gulls gathered close to Table Rock, approachable because of the minus 1.7 tide. Other beachgoers were the ever-present crows, a surf fisherman and a walker on the southern stretch. Sand hoppers did their...read more
April 20, 2015 - beachnut
An exciting morning on the southern stretch was marked by a baby seal on the beach crying for mother. (Went back later to find baby gone and mother's trail to the sea.) Spotted my first turkey vulture of the year, dining on a long-dead beaver. Other live wonders: sanderlings, gulls,...read more
March 26, 2015 - beachnut

Reporting a very dead marine mammal on the southern stretch of Mile 102, several yards north of the Madison Ave. beach access.Length about 4 feet, missing all flippers, showing several wounds and brains spreading on sand. Carcass in the high line amid the logs from the high tides. Stranding and...read more

March 8, 2015 - beachnut
One vehicle was parked at the lot for the half-mile north of the Coquille River at 7:30 DST on a 45-degree morning close to high tide of 1.2 feet. Winds were light from the north. A few gulls and crows, crab molt, shell fragments, bull kelp and slender grass-like stuff...read more
January 21, 2015 - beachnut
Brisk mornings in the 30s with mild northerly winds probably kept many inside. But gulls and crows were active, as were 2 people with 3 leashed dogs. A dead harbor seal lay amid logs, the carcass pecked at by crows as I came upon it (reported to Stranding Network). A...read more
  • Storm and king tides bring in tons of driftwood just below the Coquille River lighthouse's upper parking lot, now closed for the winter season.

2014

December 12, 2014 - beachnut
After two days of relentless high winds, surf and rain, I was surprised at how little damage was evident--at least on the half mile south of the Coquille River and jetty. However there was an abundance of bottle caps, shotgun "flowers" and small Styrofoam pieces. Also spotted was a dead...read more
  • A rainbow appears to indicate a pot of gold somewhere on Table Rock.
December 8, 2014 - beachnut
The northern part of this mile was deserted at 7 a.m. on a calm, cloudy day at low tide. Three driftwood huts were near the upper closed parking lot, also marked by heavy charring of driftwood. Lots of gulls clustered near the jetty and others patrolled the beach. Small stones...read more
November 8, 2014 - beachnut
Going south from the Coquille River was positively crowded (8 people, 7 dogs) between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. But it was a lovely morning with light wind and great sunrise color. Tide was low at 2.3 feet. A few gulls and a cormorant or two flew by. Small stones, logs...read more
October 26, 2014 - beachnut
A young harbor seal occupies the high-tide line a few yards south of the 3 houses closest to the South Jetty. It is dead, eyes pecked out, and has a raw spot of several inches on the right rear flank. Reported to stranding network.On the bright side, scores of pelicans...read more
September 30, 2014 - Doug C
Unusual find of numerous squid egg cases. They possibly could have been shaken from the area where they were deposited by the storm that passed through the week before. Large piles of kelp were also present on the shore as evidence of the stirred ocean.read more
  • Found numerous squid egg capsules about 3-4 inches long in the vicinity of large piles of kelp brought in from a storm the week before.
September 23, 2014 - beachnut
No one else was out (surprise!) on a foggy, moderately windy morning at 6:30 on the northern stretch. Just me and the dogs getting wet in the dark. Gulls, sanderling-size birds and whimbrels were in the wet sand. A dead common murre, adult size but showing no injury, lay in...read more
August 22, 2014 - beachnut
No one was out on the northern part of this mile at 6 a.m. on a calm, windless morning. Beach was clean apart from a dead marine mammal, possibly an elephant seal. No signs of injury; also no eyes and no odor. Three attempts to report and give photos to...read more
  • A dead marine mammal, possibly an elephant seal, lies in the high line of the northern segment of this mile. No sign of injury; no eyes; no smell.
July 30, 2014 - beachnut
Very foggy at 5:30 a.m. on the southern half of this mile, but still dog walkers were out there (me included). Three each with a dog, though not all at the same time. One vehicle in the lot on my arrival, 2 as I left. Beach was clean; small rocks,...read more
July 29, 2014 - beachnut
No one was out at 5:30 on a cool, foggy morning on the northern segment of this mile, though one person and a dog showed up on my return. They were on the north jetty. Three vehicles; no sign of the occupants. Gulls and swallows were active. Small stones and...read more
June 12, 2014 - beachnut
The remarkable thing about the southern half of Mile 102 was the scarcity of wildlife: just a few gulls at water's edge and the ever-present crows. It was a minus 1.4 tide and you could almost reach Table Rock, which is unusual in itself. 2 people walking, one with dog,...read more
June 11, 2014 - beachnut
For the first time in weeks, the fierce northerly winds were absent for this jaunt on Mile 102 north of the Coquille River. But they have resulted in sculptural mounds of sand, some even covering the driftwood piles so you can walk over them. No one else was out at...read more
  • Fierce northerly winds leave sculptured mounds along this stretch of beach just north of the Coquille River.
May 25, 2014 - beachnut
Some oddities on this mile's southern stretch from the Coquille River this morning: remnants of a drinking party on the beach with littering bottles, chairs and still-hot logs less than 10 feet away from dune grass (I dumped sand on the coals but they were still smoking) just north of...read more
May 20, 2014 - beachnut
At 5:30 on a cool, cloudy morning, the beach north of the Coquille River lighthouse was empty of human life but full of other creatures: 8 whimbrels, gulls and crows. Litter was abundant and filled a large shopping bag: plastic bottles and shards, Styrofoam pieces and floats, and a heavily...read more
  • A heavily encrusted cooler came in on the mornings high tide.
May 19, 2014 - beachnut
The stretch south of the Coquille River before sunrise on a cloudy day saw 6 whimbrels and gobs of gulls on the wet sand, 2 black oyster catchers on a close-in rock, foraging crows, and cormorants flying toward the river. Drift line contained sea grass clumps, plastic pieces and bottles,...read more
  • The full glory of sunrise over the Coquille River and Mile 102 is one of the many splendors coast walkers can experience.
May 6, 2014 - beachnut
A dead seal with no visible injuries occupied the high-tide line at 6 this morning. About 10 feet away was a seal pup, alive but having difficulties. About an hour later on my return walk, the big seal was still there but the pup was not. Called the Bilderbacks later...read more
  • A seal with no obvious signs of injuries lay dead on the high-tide line at 6 a.m.
May 5, 2014 - beachnut
The harbor seal pup I reported yesterday morning is no longer on the beach just north of the 8th St. stairway. Presumably mother came and fetched it. So this morning the warning sign I had posted returned to my car boot. Thanks to Fawn for running phone interference.read more
April 29, 2014 - beachnut
Apart from gulls gathered on the sand near the jetty on the north side of the Coquille River and a bloated cow, the beach was all mine close to a minus low tide at 6 on a calm but cloudy morning. Sticks, crab molt, shell fragments, kelp, small stones constituted...read more
  • A bloated and smelly cow carcass lies in the high-tide line--not the usual beach find.
  • Facing south, toward Bandon, is a deserted stretch of the northern half of Mile 102 not long after sunrise.
April 28, 2014 - beachnut
A surprising number of people were on the southern leg of this mile between 6 and 7 a.m.: 2 dog walkers, a power walker and 3 rock hunters. One dog was unleashed. About a dozen cormorants were flying toward the Coquille River while Canada geese and gulls loitered on the...read more
April 17, 2014 - beachnut
On a very foggy, drizzly morning I saw no young elephant seal near the south jetty of the Coquille River as was reported the previous day. Nor was there a warning sign about the stranded marine mammal. Let us hope it swam out on the night's high tide.read more
March 4, 2014 - beachnut
A calm but overcast dry day on this part of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River and jetty at about 6:30 a.m. 7 vehicles, 2 people rock hunting and one walker with unleashed dog. Crows and gulls on the sand, black oystercatchers on offshore rocks. Shell fragments and a...read more
March 2, 2014 - beachnut
Apart from the weather (windy and wet) there wasn't much happening on the segment of this mile north of the Coquille River at 6:30 on a Sunday morning. It was close to low tide but no one else was out and scarcely any wildlife. I did scare some small shorebirds...read more
January 19, 2014 - beachnut
Heading north of the Coquille River at 7 a.m. on a chilly morning, I expected to find styrofoam chunks like those on the southern stretch of this mile the last two mornings. There were none, though sheets of plastic and water bottles were in the high driftline. Storm tides have...read more
January 17, 2014 - beachnut
The main news on the section of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River at low tide around 7 a.m. consists of largish white styrofoam balls, uncharacteristically heavy, and some pliable substance looking like gray or brown rocks in the low-tide zone around the large rocks at the Madison Ave...read more

2013

December 31, 2013 - beachnut
King Tide of 8.6 feet at 10 a.m. looking north from above Table Rock toward Mile 102 south of the Coquille River Jetty and the segment of this mile north of the river.read more
  • Looking north from above Table Rock at Mile 102 south of the Coquille River and the segment north of the river at 10 a.m. during King Tide of 8.6 feet.
December 26, 2013 - beachnut
The most notable life forms on the half-mile south from the Coquille River jetty this morning before the sun popped up were humans with large, unleashed dogs (8 and 4). Even more of these specimens were on the next mile. Otherwise, crows and gulls patrolled the beach; Black Oystercatchers chattered...read more
December 25, 2013 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River a bit before 7:30 am on a clear but cold morning and saw a large flock of gulls huddled near the jetty but not much otherwise in beach life. Frost covered the high beach and the accumulated logs--a fairly uncommon sight here. Shell fragments,...read more
December 3, 2013 - beachnut
This is to record the first king tide of this winter cycle. The nearest view is Mile 102 looking north from Table Rock; the other side of the Coquille River is the rest of Mile 102.read more
  • This is Mile 102 looking north from Table Rock to the South Jetty. On the other side of the Coquille River is the continuation of this mile.
November 23, 2013 - beachnut
It was a clear, calm morning walking south from the Coquille River around 7 am before sunrise. One dog walker beat me to the beach, which was clean of litter and bodies, apart from a moldering stellar sea lion at the southernmost part of this segment. Rock beds were prevalent...read more
November 22, 2013 - beachnut
The Coquille River Lighthouse loop road along the beach is closed for the storm season. No people, no bodies, no litter, no vehicles on the northern segment of Mile 102 on a cold, clear morning. A few gulls clustered on the sand near the north jetty. A couple of piles...read more
October 6, 2013 - beachnut
The segment north of the Coquille River doesn't show as much bull kelp accumulation as the other side, but there are piles here too. The storm tides are much closer to the vegetated dunes but not quite there yet. Gulls and small shorebirds walked the sand while pelicans flew offshore...read more
October 5, 2013 - beachnut
This season's first taste of winter-like storms has left huge tangles of bull kelp strewn along the southern half-mile from the Coquille River, as well as logs tossed into the beach grass in front of the houses along Madison--indicating wave overtopping there. A dead California sea lion remains in the...read more
  • Southern half of mile 102, showing bull kelp tangles and some of the accumulated logs since our winter-like storm earlier in the week
September 6, 2013 - beachnut
The remarkable part of the early walk north of the Coquille River was seeing a heron in with the gulls gathered in the wet sand near the jetty. Cormorants and pelicans were airborne on a cloudy but light-wind day. Sea palms, bull kelp, a scattering of bright green vegetation, stones,...read more
September 5, 2013 - beachnut
Heading south of the river reveals about a 4.5-foot drop as the sea eats away at the summer's buildup of sand. Logs and trees are coming in on the tides, as are kelp and sea palms. Scattered small rocks and some shell fragments were seen. There were three dead birds:...read more
August 21, 2013 - beachnut
Wow. Another dead marine mammal on the half-mile south from the jetty. The latest is probably a young sea lion, down to the bone in several areas and missing its facial tissue. This brings the death count to 3 in the last 30 days. Sad but scary.read more
August 15, 2013 - beachnut
I was horrified to see some schmuck on a jet ski at the South Jetty this morning--doing his hazardous thing where at least one harbor seal was seeking breakfast on the incoming tide in the offshore shallows. My concern was for the marine mammals that normally fish the high tides...read more
August 5, 2013 - beachnut
Going south from the Coquille River at 6 on a cloudy, somewhat windy morning, we encountered 8 cormorants on the wet sand with a flock of gulls near the jetty. That was the first time I'd seen cormorants gathered on the beach there. A dead baby harbor seal, pecked to...read more
August 4, 2013 - beachnut
It was very foggy starting north from the Coquille River before sunrise, so some lifeforms may have been around but I surely missed them if so. No one else was on the beach or parked this chilly morning, just some gulls on the wet sands and a cormorant flying by...read more
July 15, 2013 - beachnut
Walking south from the Coquille River jetty this morning, I encountered one very dead harbor seal in the high line below the Madison Ave. beach access trail. It appeared to had been shot recently as blood was still visible on the skin around the entry wound.read more
July 8, 2013 - beachnut
Going south from the Coquille River, we encountered three walkers with dogs, one unleashed, on a clear morning before sunrise. It was in the 50s but felt colder because of the moderate north wind. Lots of small rocks were scattered midway on this stretch. Drift consisted of kelp, sea palms,...read more
July 7, 2013 - beachnut
This segment of Mile 102 heading north from the Coquille River was empty of humans, but the same cannot be said of the jetty. At least 10 fishermen were out there before dawn, judging from the pickups in the parking lot. Later, as our walk was winding up, two beachcombers...read more
June 8, 2013 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River and jetty was quite bracing on a foggy morning. One good thing about the wind is that sand has blown onto many of the logs jammed up below the parking lot, making beach access much easier. A man with a dog and a man...read more
June 7, 2013 - beachnut
Heading south from the Coquille River just before sunrise surprisingly had 4 others walking the beach. But it was a clear day and a negative tide, so who could blame them? One dead cormorant marred the outing, which was enlivened by a huge flock of gulls and some late-comer cormorants...read more
May 6, 2013 - beachnut
Heading south from the Coquille River this mild and sunny morning was pure pleasure. Oyster catchers were noisy on the close islands. Also active were cormorants, gulls, crows. Couldn't tell if the common murres were on Table Rock. Two Canada geese were at the tide line. Except for a few...read more
May 5, 2013 - beachnut
Walking north from the Coquille River at 6 a.m. was pure pleasure on a sunny, light-wind, 65-degree day AND no one else was there until the end. Lots of sanderlings flew hither and yon seeking breakfast, as did gulls and crows on the beach. Several raptors flew over the foredune...read more
April 20, 2013 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River lighthouse on a cloudy mild morning only saw 2 others with leashed dogs enjoying the walk. Tire tracks were obvious in this no-drive zone and they continued past the large sign prohibiting this activity and, presumably, beyond. Lots of sea grass, some kelp and...read more
April 19, 2013 - beachnut
This rainy but mild and windless morning saw only me and a runner on the southern part of my mile. Gulls, crows and 2 Canada geese were on the beach while cormorants fished offshore. A yellowish scum was on much of the drift line, as well as shell fragments, small...read more
March 11, 2013 - beachnut
Heading south from the Coquille River was mostly litter- and body-free. It was cloudy but a mild 48 with slight northerly wind. Apart from crows on the beach and a few airborne gulls, the avian community was either out fishing or sitting on the offshore rocky isles. Some wood pieces...read more
March 10, 2013 - beachnut
It was a fine brisk morning heading north from the Coquille River at low tide. A couple of seals body surfed while Sanderlings and small sandpiper-like flocks scurried for food. The usual gull gathering hung out at the jetty, and a few others foraged further afield. No other people were...read more
February 4, 2013 - beachnut
Going south from the Coquille River at 7:30 a.m., it was quiet, chilly, cloudy, windless and high tide at 7.1 feet. No critters evident. Not much litter. Only twigs and seagrasses in the driftline. Some small stones. Only one person on the beach--using a metal detector.read more
February 3, 2013 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River, the sea is taking back much of the logs accumulated closest to the upper parking lot, as well as farther up the beach. Lots of thin white styrofoam pieces and several chunks of the yellowish thicker kind used in construction. Live activity on a...read more
January 3, 2013 - beachnut
A glorious scarlet sunrise complete with rainbow marked the start of my walk on 102 south of the Coquille River on a chilly but calm (at the start only) and cloudy morning. Three other people were on my half-mile, on the return side. One had a loose dog. All were...read more
January 2, 2013 - beachnut
Cold, clear and calm were the passwords today on the half-mile stretch of 102 north of the Coquille River. Much driftwood is piled deeply up the beach still, making it hard to reach the sand at the start. A few driftwood structures line the storm-tide area. One dead Harbor Seal...read more

2012

December 14, 2012 - beachnut

King Tides washed over the top of the northern jetty at the Coquille River mouth. Not a good time to be crossing the "bar".read more

  • Waves engulf the north side of the jetty on the Coquille River mouth at high tide, 8.8 feet.
December 3, 2012 - beachnut
Walking south from the Coquille River was an against-the-wind encounter this morning. No one was out apart from some gulls and a Sanderling or two. The usual types of litter (Styrofoam and plastic bottles) were there. Small stones generally lined this half-mile stretch. No people were parked or on the...read more
December 2, 2012 - beachnut
The sea was stormy heading north from the Coquille River jetty, though the sky was mostly blue. Gulls and flocks of Sanderlings were notable on the wet sand. No dead animals to report. Small rocks, wood, Styrofoam and plastic bottles in the driftline. Erosion is beginning at the northern end...read more
October 12, 2012 - beachnut
It was a quiet, pleasant walk heading north of the Coquille River Lighthouse. Gulls were gathered in the sand by the jetty while dozens of pelicans, several cormorants and a few Sanderlings flew about. Bull kelp, shell fragments, crab molt and small stones were notable in the driftline. Two other...read more
October 11, 2012 - beachnut
Dozens of pelicans were out early fishing from the jetty south toward Table Rock; some close in, the majority out beyond the breakers. A few gulls were onshore. Lots of bull kelp and some sea palms were in the wrackline, and two largish beds of small stones appeared miraculously where...read more
September 16, 2012 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River in the pre-dawn dark was pretty quiet. As the day developed, a smattering of gulls near the tideline was evident, but not much else. The beach was clean of litter. Scattered small rocks and beds of shell fragments were most notable. Otherwise, there were...read more
September 15, 2012 - beachnut
There wasn't much happening on the southern half of my mile heading away from the jetty. The fact it was still pretty dark was probably a key factor. A guy and his dog beat me to the beach, and we encountered a runner on the return walk. Quiet and clean...read more
August 3, 2012 - beachnut
Going north from the South Jetty/Coquille River was tough work in the fog and stiff north wind. Two people with dogs, at times leashed, and a barefoot runner were out there with us around 6 a.m. Another minus tide today (-1.2 feet) revealed sand normally underwater. The usual rock beds...read more
August 2, 2012 - beachnut
Heading toward the South Jetty from Table Rock was relatively crowded (9 walking people and one dog) for 6 a.m. on a cloudy and windy morning, but it was a negative tide (-1.5 feet), and people were walking out to "islands" not normally accessible. Gulls and cormorants flew offshore while...read more
July 13, 2012 - beachnut
Heading north from the Coquille River Lighthouse early on an overcast morning midway between tides, there was little human activity (2 people, 2 dogs) but a whole lot of birds: hundreds of gulls gathered onshore, flying offshore or fishing and maybe a couple of dozen pelicans doing much the same...read more
July 12, 2012 - beachnut
From the South Jetty to Table Rock on a foggy but still morning, there is not much to report on the beach: A couple of people fishing, 5 crows and a few seagulls. Two vehicles in the parking lot. Offshore, the usual suspects were atop Table Rock--Common Murres and gulls...read more
May 24, 2012 - beachnut
Heading north from the lighthouse and jetty on a rainy, chilly morning was lonely apart from several whimbrels mining the high line, a few gulls flying over, crows in the upper parking lot and oddly a small bushy tailed squirrel in the woodpile there. Kelp, wood pieces and shell fragments...read more
May 23, 2012 - beachnut
Three people were out walking the half-mile south of the Coquille River jetty on this overcast morning. The usual gulls were on the beach and offshore; several Whimbrels foraged in the wet sand; Black Oystercatchers were noisy on the offshore rocks close in. A mature but munched-upon dead Steller's sea...read more

2011

October 18, 2011 - beachnut
From the Coquille River lighthouse north on another gloriously clear morning, one other person with 2 dogs beat us to the beach. Two women, each with dogs, were coming onto the beach as we were leaving. Hundreds of gulls rested on the sand just north of the jetty, a few...read more
October 17, 2011 - beachnut
From the jetty to Table Rock on a chilly but lovely day, no one else was about to watch the hundreds of pelicans peeling off Table Rock to dive, skim the waves or just wing on over to the river. Magnificent. Lots of gulls in the air out at sea...read more
August 4, 2011 - beachnut
A dead pelican lies in the high-tide line just north of the 8th St. stairs to the beach. No visible signs of injury; no bands. I strongly suspect it was the one perched in the middle of a vertical offshore rock Aug. 1. The rock is small and nowwhere flat...read more
August 2, 2011 - beachnut
A calm morning in the 50s drew 4 folks to the Coquille River Lighthouse beach between 6 and 7 this morning. One was walking two dogs, the others were just heading to the beach. Lots of gravel patches, a few sea palms, scant wildlife: just a cormorant flying by and...read more
August 1, 2011 - beachnut
It was mild heading south and bracing coming back. The fog was showing signs of blowing away. One other dog walker was on our stretch. Lots of gravel, scattered sea palms. Crows galore, cormorants offshore and on the rocks, same with gulls. One pelican was perched midway up a small...read more
July 3, 2011 - beachnut
Only a couple of fishermen out at this hour on a cloudy but pleasant morning on the beach north of the Coquille River. The driftwood mass accumulated during the winter storms is much reduced, possibly by tidal action. Several driftwood structures dot this segment: three just west of the parking...read more
July 2, 2011 - beachnut
This report covers the mile segment from the Coquille River south to Table Rock. No one was on the beach except me and the wildlife. Birds were numerous--gull flocks on the wet sand and on the offshore rocks with cormorants and Black Oystercatchers. Crows as usual were scavenging. Three dead...read more

2009

October 1, 2009 - D Brittain
Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging on wet sand and moving in response to humans and dogs. Three very decomposed dead birds. Moderate human impact (8)- walking.read more
May 27, 2009 - D Brittain
Shells, small rocks, wood pieces in the driftline. Moderate human impact (18)-12 walking and 6 rockhunting.read more

2008

November 27, 2008 - D Brittain
The sea was extremely wild--got wet up to my knees from a sneaker wave that reached up to the san bluff. The ocean was as churning and frothy as I have ever seen! Few shells in the driftline. Low human impact (3)-walking.read more
September 20, 2008 - Doug C
This report was generated as a result of the SOLV Beach Clean-up and covers only the portion of Mile 102 north of the Coquille River jetty. About 7 pounds of debris were removed, mostly styrofoam from coolers or similar items and plastic pieces. Human impact was moderate (15)-11 walking, 2...read more
April 15, 2008 - D Brittain
This report is for the north half of Mile 102 and the south half of Mile 103. Shells, animal casings, small rocks, and wood pieces in the driftline. Low human impact (5)-walking.read more
March 1, 2008 - D Brittain
Shells and small rocks in the driftline. Vehicle sign rotated to face the beach and not the parking lot. Moderate human impact (10)-1 rockhunting and 9 walking.read more

2007

November 13, 2007 - D Brittain
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (3)-walking.read more
May 25, 2007 - wild1234
Visited north half above mile above Bandon north jetty. Calm day with scattered clouds. Beach at slightly more than a 5 percent slope. Kelp/algae in driftline. Few birds, but 8 juvenile gulls, 1 turkey vulture, 1 cormorant (pelagic?). Half the people on the beach had dogs on leashes. Very little...read more
May 18, 2007 - D Brittain
Shells and small rocks in driftline. Several large pieces of Styrofoam/concrete near sand bluff. No shorebirds. Moderate human use (15)-10 walking, 4 playing in surf, 4 playing in sand, 7 rock hunting, 2 fishing and 2 flying kites.read more
May 17, 2007 - wild1234
Visited the south half of the mile at South Jetty Beach. There were 36 people walking on the beach in about an hour's time. The beach sloped at about 10 percent. Wind was blowing probably 25 mph out of the northwest. Very little trash and some kelp in the driftline...read more
January 8, 2007 - D Brittain
It was a beastly day, Jan. 8th-but I enjoyed being alone and feeling very tiny amidst the wild sea and the approaching storm clouds. Small amounts of kelp, shells and wood in driftline. High tides have reached to foredune on portions of beach. Foraging shorebirds. Low human impact (0).read more

2006

December 21, 2006 - D Brittain
Large logs and wood debris on Mile 102 from high tide line to base of foredune. Evidence of wave overtopping with wood debris on top of foredune and on eastern side of foredune. Sandy area inland from dunes flooded forming a large-sized shallow pool. Low human impact (4)-1 walking dog...read more
September 9, 2006 - D Brittain
Low human impact(3)- 3 rockhunting.read more
August 22, 2006 - Elise102
75 assorted juvenile and adult gulls. Some kelp but little debris in driftline. Beach grade is approximately 5 degrees. Heavy human use (27)- walking and 1 fishing (caught 6 perch with and two were over 10 inches long).read more
July 13, 2006 - Elise102
50 Sanderlings foraging at the surfline, 19 Brown Pelicans, 10 assorted juvenile and adult gulls. Lots of agates and fossils exposed on lower beach. One dead Common Murre. Heavy human use (38), 4 loose dogs.read more
May 14, 2006 - D Brittain
Small rocks in drifline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to human activity. High human impact (30)- 18 walking, 2 fishing, 5 flying kites and throwing Frisbees. Two OHV observed in restricted area. Talked to Jim Peterson, Bullard’s Beach Park Ranger about the OHV issue. He advised not to approach drivers...read more

2005

December 16, 2005 - D Brittain
Foraging birds. Shells in driftline. Large logs and driftwood above current high tide line. 1 dead bird. Moderate human impact (7)- 5 picnicking, 2 removing driftwood logs. Evidence (tire tracks) of vehicles in restricted area.read more
September 25, 2005 - D Brittain
Sand being removed and short bluffs formed near tideline. Foraging shorebirds moving slowly in response to humans. Small to medium rocks in driftline. Hundreds of clear, tiny jellyfish (ctenophores or comb jellies) washed up above tideline. Moderate human impact (10)-walking, and rock hunting. Concern about people feeding seagulls.read more